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Easy DIY Essential Orange Oil Candles

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Creating homemade candles is so simple to do. I love burning candles every day and filling my home with fresh scented frangrance. Here is how I made easy DIY essential orange oil candles.

Friends, can I share a secret with you? My home is a hot mess right now. Sadly I wish that this was a joke, but it is not. You know that I am deep in the throes of the One Room Challenge and making over my guest bathroom. There is literally crap strewn about my house everywhere and it is making me crazy! Even though I have so many incomplete projects I felt the need to create something fresh and pretty. These easy DIY essential orange oil candles are perfectly scented and a calming balm in my chaotic home.

Many Benefits of Essential Orange Oil

My friend Linda has recently become a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. She has taught me the health benefits of essential oils (I am still learning) and one of my favorites is orange oil. The health benefits of orange oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, mood lifter, antiseptic, diuretic, tonic and natural sedative. Needless to say, I need the calming benefit in my home right now – so I decided to add some of the essential orange oil to make candles.

Thrifted Containers

A great benefit of making your own candles is choosing the containers or vessels that will hold your candle wax.

The glass cobalt blue container used to be a candle holder, so no great mystery here. I just cleaned it out with very hot water and dish soap. On former thrift shopping trips I found this very pretty Spanish brass bowl for .10 cents.

How perfect is this McCoy pottery bowl at just .77 cents? It’s nice and heavy so it will be perfect for a candle.

Materials Used:


This orange oil smells so deliciously good.

This is how you make the candles:

  1. Assemble the wicks in your candle vessels/containers.
  2. Place the metal of the wicks in the bottom of the vessels. Wrap the candle wicks around the chopsticks and balance the chopsticks on top of the containers.
  3. Carefully melt the candle wax on the stovetop on medium heat in an old coffee pot or candle making pitcher. Do NOT overheat – until the temperature reaches 180°and until the wax completely melts.
  4. Take the pot off the burner and let the wax rest until the temperature cools to 125°.
  5. Add 10 drops of essential orange oil for every pound of wax or desired fragrance is achieved.
  6. Pour liquid wax into containers.
  7. Wait 3 to 4 hours for wax to completely harden.
  8. Trim wicks.

When I poured the wax I realized that I had enough wax for a fourth candle. I used my beloved antique china cup that I inherited from my grandmother.

As you can see here, the wax is yellow in its liquid form.

When it dries and hardens the wax is pristine white.

How gorgeous is the brass candle on the painted hutch? It looks so pretty paired with my new painting that I purchased during my girl’s trip to Nashville and the Country Living Fair. Do yourself a favor and checkout The Painted Jackalope. She is so talented! I was thrilled to see that my painting is the first one listed on her site 🙂 And these super cute and quirky magnifying glasses were purchased on the trip too!

I burned this candle yesterday and the house smelled so citrusy and fragrant!

This one looks fabulous in the dining room.

Some of you might think that it is a sin to put a candle in an antique teacup. The way that I feel about it is that this piece is precious to me, but it is always stowed away in the kitchen cupboard. Now, it’s actually out and getting used.

Making candles is so easy and fun to do. We actually made THESE as party favors for Jenn’s bridal shower a few years ago. We hope that you give a try!

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  1. Orange is one of my favorites scents so I know this smells SO, SO, SO good! I feel ya about the messy house and getting ready for the ORC. On one hand, it’s crazy fun but on the other, it’s a crazy amount of hard work. I am cheering you on and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. Big hugs and lots of love, CoCo

  2. Susan Johnson says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. you are so creative.

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